How Can I Protect My Child When They’re Browsing Online?
One of the growing concerns for parents is their child’s safety whilst using mobile devices and the internet. As technology, social media and curiosity into new mediums continues to advance, the risk for your children using the internet escalates too.
Whilst the internet and mobile devices do open up a new world for learning, it does pose a threat for coming across cyber bullying, cyber predators and even sexting. As parents, knowing how to combat this and keep some control over how your children use the internet is difficult. That said, we have highlighted some ways to help combat this to help you feel more at ease.
What measures can you take to protect your child online?
There are a number of things you can do to make steps to a healthier and safer online experience which can not only benefit your child but also anyone that uses the computers and devices within your home. We have created a list of things to consider to help you protect your child whilst they browse online.
Install Antivirus software on your devices
It amazes us to know that many computers and devices around the world, still don’t have any antivirus software installed on them, which means they can become an easy entry for viruses, threats and hackers. It is very easy for children (and adults) to click on something that seems legitimate but is actually a bad link and can therefore, pose quite the threat to your systems and your family.
Download and use smart apps that track your child’s usage
There are smart apps that you can download to help you solve your concerns over your children using their devices. One in particular is Qustodio.
Qustodio is to be installed on every kids’ device, including smartphones, tablets and/or desktops and allows parents to use it on their own smartphone to supervise them. It can:
- Block inappropriate content – It has smart filters block inappropriate content even in private browsing mode.
- Balance screen time – Easily limit your child’s screen time across all their devices.
- Control games and apps – Set time limits for games & apps or block apps you don’t want from running altogether.
- Monitor social networks – Monitor time spent on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp and more.
- Monitor calls & SMS – View your child’s calls and texts, read SMS messages, and set a list of blocked contacts.
- Location tracking and panic alerts – Track your child’s location. In an emergency your child can send you Panic Alerts.
This app makes it simple to manage and supervise kids’ device use. Get a Free Trial here.
Monitor and schedule screen time
Kids are spending more time connected than ever before and child psychologists are reporting more and more cases of screen addiction. So, as a parent, you can schedule the amount of time and when your children are allowed to use their devices so that they are not over-used and accessing things that might but them at risk.
Did you know?
- 16% of kids ages 3 to 4 have their own Tablet
- 44% of kids ages 5 to 15 have their own Tablet
- 32% of kids ages 8 to 11 have their own Smartphone
Source: Ofcom – Digital Day 2016. Results from the children’s diary study
It is important to schedule time that your child uses mobile devices and technology and ensure that they don’t spend too much time on them. Having this control will be the best thing for everyone, even if you get a few tears when they want to continue playing a game on their tablet.
It is worth creating new, separate accounts for your children across the technology within the home to restrict what your children can and can’t access when they’re using these devices. This is important to have control but it will also help give you peace of mind to know that they can only see things that are safe.
It is usually quite easy to do this across your devices and means what they see is different to what you can see.
Talk to other parents about how they help safeguard their children online
As this is a topic continuing to grow and to concern parents, there is a strong chance that your friends have considered ways to protect their child online and might have some advice for you of things they have, or are, trying.
A conversation about protecting your child online will be healthy for all concerned and will ultimately make for a better environment for all parties.
If you’d like some more FREE advice on how to help keep your children safe online, then you can visit Get Safe Online where you can find a lot of information to give you the knowledge to make your home and devices a much safer environment. Visit their website here: https://www.getsafeonline.org/safeguarding-children/